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Following the donation of 18 refurbished ex-RAAF Sabre jets to Malaysia another 18 were donated to Indonesia in 1973
The initial 18 ex-RAAF Sabres were supplemented by 5 ex Royal Malaysian Air Force examples in 1976
This page attempts to document their history with the Indonesian Air Force or Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU)

They were issued consecutive serial numbers in the form F-8601 to F-8623
The "F" prefix was later replace wih "TS" meaning "tempur sergap" the Indonesian for "combat assault" or fighter.

The Sabres were flown by No.14 Squadron. (SkU 14)
In 1978 they formed the "Spirit 78" Aerobatic Display Team. Many of the survivors still display the red striped paint scheme

 
     
 
TNI-AU Serial RAAF Serial Construction
Number
Aircraft History
F-8601 A94-361 CA27-101 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8601 with installed Avon CAC120,
Scrapped after starter motor explosion 01/76.
Part of an intake is missing and inside it shows damage of the explosion.
The rear fuselage of F-8609 was fitted to this aircraft.
Exported to USA 1989
F-8601 is in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-361 as F-8601

F-8602 A94-366 CA27-106 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8602 and with installed Avon CAC172.
The aircraft shows evidence of a belly landing with severe damage to fuselage and flaps.
Exported to USA 1989
F-8602 is in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA

Highlight for Album: Sabre F-8602
Photos provided by Duncan Curtis

F-8603 A94-368 CA27-108 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8603 with installed Avon CAC205.
Serial changed to TS-8603
This was incorrectly reported as being exported to USA in 1989.
Noted in 2002 on display at Bandung-Husien Sastranegara, Indonesia
Noted in 2012 mounted on a plinth at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. (East Jakarta)

Highlight for Album: Sabre F-8603 Photos provided by Duncan Curtis

F-8604 A94-945 CA27-45 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8604 with installed Avon CAC122
Exported to USA 1989.
F-8604 is at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-945 as F-8604

F-8605 A94-949 CA27-49 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8605 with installed Avon RR3447
Exported to USA 1989.
F-8605 in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-949 as F-8605

F-8606 A94-952 CA27-52 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8606 with installed Avon CAC202
Crashed 12/76.
F-8607 A94-957 CA27-57 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8607 with installed Avon CAC196.
On display up a pole at Taman Rekreasi Umbu, Indonesia.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-957 as F-8607

A rear fuselage marked F-8607 was fitted to F-8612 when exported to USA 1989

F-8608 A94-963 CA27-63 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8608 with installed Avon CAC127.
Painted blue with yellow stripe. Carries "08" on forward fuselage with rear fuselage marked TS-8614
On display at the entrance of Palembang Airport, Sumatra, Indonesia.
We have a photo of a shark-mouthed Sabre also located at Palembang which I suspect is the same aircraft.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-963 as F-8608

F-8609 A94-968 CA27-68 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8609 with installed Avon CAC166
Serial changed to TS-8609
On display at at Taman Wisata, Indonesia.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A44-968
as F-8609

A rear fuselage marked F-8609 was fitted to F-8601 when exported to USA in 1989

F-8610 A94-969 CA27-69 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8610 with installed Avon RR 3079
Crashed 10/74.
F-8611 A94-971 CA27-71 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8611 with installed Avon CAC110.
Exported to USA 1989.
F-8611 in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.
(This aircraft had previously been incorrectly identified as F-8603).

F-8611 and F-8614
Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.
Photo provided by Duncan Curtis

F-8612 A94-972 CA27-72 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8612 with installed Avon RR 3447.
The rear fuselage of F-8607 was fitted to this aircraft.
Exported to USA 1989.
F-8612 is in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-972 as F-8612

F-8613 A94-975 CA27-75 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8613 with installed Avon CAC131.
Crashed 09/75

Sabre A94-975 
as F-8613

F-8614 A94-980 CA27-80 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8614 with installed Avon CAC207.
Serial changed to TS-8614
Photographed at Bandung, PT Nurtanio factory 1989.
Exported to USA 1989. .
TS-8614 is in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-980 as F-8614

The Sabre on display at the entrance of Palembang Airport is F-8608 fitted with the tail of TS-8614

F-8615 A94-988 CA27-88 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8615 with installed Avon RR 3447.
Serial changed to TS-8615
On display at the TNI-AU Academy (Yogyakarta, Akademi Angkatan Udara).

Sabre A94-988 
as TS-8615
TNI-AU Academy
Indonesia

F-8616 A94-990 CA27-90 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8616 with installed Avon RR 3431.
Serial changed to TS-8616
On display in Sendang Asri park, Waduk Gajah Mungkur, Indonesia.

Sabre A94-990 
as TS-8616
 Sendang Asri park, Waduk Gajah Mungkur, Indonesia.

F-8617 A94-955 CA27-55 Free Issue to TNI-AU 07/03/73 as F-8617 with installed Avon CAC164.
Exported to USA 1989.
F-8617 in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-955 as F-8617

N/A A94-352 CA27-92 Allocated for free issue to TNI-AU Indonesia.
Crashed 02/73 on takeoff at Denpasar, Bali on delivery flight to Indonesia
Returned to Australia
Now airworthy with Jeff Trappett

Sabre A94-352
Prior to its failed delivery fight to Indonesia
Crashed 02/73 on take off at Denpasar, Bali

F-8618 A94-370 CA27-110 28/04/72 Status card states it was to be converted to Instructional Aircraft No.11  
It was to be used at Williamtown to train AURI personnel
5/10/72 authorised for free issue (with installed Avon Mk.26 Instructional 17, originally RR3434) to 14 Squadron TNI-AU.
The final aircraft in the initial batch delivered 07/12/72
Our heading photo however suggests that it was operational as F-8618.
This maybe due to the loss of A94-352
On display marked as TS-8618 at Museum Dirgantara Mandala – Yogyakarta

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-370

F-8619 A94-369 CA27-109 ex-RMAF FM-1369/FM-1909
TNI-AU serial F-8619
Some sources have F-8619 being A94-978/FM-1978 but our photos show the Malaysian serial showing through the Indonesian serial confirming that it was FM-1909.
Exported to USA 1989
F-8619 is in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-369 as F-8619

Some sources incorrectly state that A94-369 is held by Jeff Trappett for restoration, (Jeff has A94-352, now airworthy, and A94-907 as spares.)

F-8620 A94-978 CA27-78 ex-RMAF FM-1978
To TNI-AU 07/76 as F-8620
(Some sources incorrectly state FM-1978 became F-8619)
Serial changed to TS-8620
Crashed, date unknown
F-8621 A94-979 CA27-79 ex-RMAF FM-1979
To TNI-AU 07/76 as F-8621
Serial changed to TS-8621
Displayed at Iswahjudi Air Base

Sabre A94-979 as TS-8621

F-8622 A94-353 CA27-93 ex-RMAF FM-1353/FM1993
To TNI-AU 08/76 as F-8622
Serial changed to TS-8622
Was displayed on a plinth at Pekanbaru City in front of the Riau Governor's Building from the 1980s.
It wore a colourful scheme until being returned to the more correct red and white scheme of the Spirit 78 aerobatic team in 2010 and was marked as J-3111 (I have no idea why).
In 10/2011 it was moved and re-erected outside Geung Juang 45, Riau. Memorial/Museum

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-353
as TS-8622

F-8623 A94-987 CA27-87 ex-RMAF FM-1987
To TNI-AU 07/76 as F-8623
Serial changed to TS-8623
TS-8623 is in store at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-987
as F-8623

 
     
     
 

This page written, managed and updated by Martin Edwards.

Emails;
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References;

RAAF EE/88 Aircraft status cards
Duncan Curtis F-86 Sabre Website
www.malaysianwings.net
http://garudamiliter.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/f-86-avon-sabre.html
Warbirds Today Series, "Sabre",
"Warbird Directory" by Paul Coggan 1992
Meteor, Sabre and Mirage in Australian Service" by Stewart Wilson,

 
     
  Updated 16th October 2014  
     

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